Lighthouse enthusiasts who want to see the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse on Oahu will have to hike to get there. This popular trail is a favorite, but because of all the foot traffic, it is scheduled for a major facelift by the state department of Land and Natural Resources.
The Makapu’u Point Trail upgrade is scheduled to begin in March and is slated to be finished in July. During that time, access will be closed midweek.
Makapu’u Point Lighthouse a Must See
Schedule your trip around the renovations or plan to hike the trail on the weekend, because the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse is a must see.
From a distance, it looks like it is dangling along the cliffs at the east end of Oahu, and other than islands, the nearest land it faces is over 2,500 miles away near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
While you can see the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse, be aware that it is located off the trail and isn’t open to the public.
The trail leading to the lighthouse is one mile long and takes hikers up to 500 feet past the lighthouse to a viewpoint above it.
The trail itself is a bit steep in places, and offers a view of Oahu’s windward coast to the north. From there, you’ll see several offshore islands, and even have the possibility of spotting humpback whales spouting, even from far away, during the winter season.
A second trail takes you from the same parking area but leads down to the shore.
Makapu’u Point is situated at the eastern tip of Oahu and offers a big trailhead parking area located just off the main Kalanianaole Highway. It’s a popular trail, so if the parking area is full, park along the highway.
For more information, visit the Hawaii State Parks website.
Photo credits: Ben Bain